On August 22, 2018 MidWest Enterprises for the Blind was honored for 25 years in business with a Special Tribute from the Michigan State 99th Legislature. Members from both sides of the political aisle came together to acknowledge the work that has been done, the lives that have been changed, and the positive impact that MWEB has had on the community. The full text of the Special Tribute is below:
"LET IT BE KNOWN, That it is with deep gratitude for its service to Kalamazoo that we honor MidWest Enterprises for the Blind on the occasion of its 25th Anniversary. For twenty five years, MidWest Enterprises for the Blind (MWEB) has been committed to providing employment opportunities to blind and visually impaired individuals in the community. MWEB provides jobs and hands-on training to these individuals so that they can become economically independent and be prepared for future career possibilities. MWEB has created a work environment that focuses on teamwork, support, and creative approaches to any challenges working individuals may face.
MidWest Enterprises for the Blind is a nonprofit, full-service assembly, warehousing, and distribution facility. MWEB creates a range of high quality products for government and commercial use by using the latest technology and a proficiently trained and dedicated workforce. As a participant in the AbilityOne Program, MidWest Enterprises for the Blind is able to sell its products through the federal government marketplace. With the revenue generated from sales, MWEB is able to remain self-supported and keep its focus on the people the organization trains and employs.
MidWest Enterprises for the Blind is unique to Michigan and a wonderful asset to the Kalamazoo community. MWEB got its start in Kalamazoo after it was determined that there was a large population of individuals in Kalamazoo who were legally blind and in need of jobs. There were also distinct resources in the area, including Western Michigan University's successful blind rehabilitation program. Throughout the years, MidWest Enterprises for the Blind has grown and expanded by relocating buildings, employing more people and creating more products. With exemplary service and a true compassion for people, MWEB continues to go above and beyond its mission to provide employment and training opportunities for blind and visually impaired individuals. It is no surprise that MWEB consistently has a waiting list of people who would like to work for this exceptional organization.
IN SPECIAL TRIBUTE, Therefore, we present this special recognition to MidWest Enterprises for the Blind as they celebrate this exciting milestone. Thank you for creating an environment of inspiration, opportunity, and inclusion for your employees."
Jon Hoadley, State Representative The Sixtieth District; Margaret O'Brien, State Senator The Twentieth District
Brian Calley, Lieutenant Governor; Rick Snyder, Governor
MWEB is more than just a job, it’s a community. A place where no idea is too big or too small and there is always someone to help out. You can feel the mission of the company in all that it does and as a member of the team it’s very satisfying. Everyone here is expanding their skills through production efficiency, learning new jobs, and continuing their education.
The company really turns the mission into a reality by providing not just skills and work for employees, but a quality product for customers as well.Gage Campbell, Quality Coordinator
Our mission is to find work and employ blind individuals so that they can become economically independent. The people we employ want to work, be independent and earn their way. But people should know that we are also a manufacturing facility that focuses on quality. We’re ISO certified and customer-focused.Glen Mackey, VP of Operations
My passion is helping people and that's exactly what MWEB is all about. From employing members of the blind community to serving our customers, I couldn't ask for a better place to work.
Jonathan Kraker, VP of Marketing and Business Development
Working here is exciting, because I was able to take my degree and put it to use. The company provided an opportunity to go to DC to participate in National Industries for the Blind’s Public Policy Forum. I meet legislators and advocate for people who are blind. Being a champion for people who are blind has really sparked my interest.
It’s a wonderful investment that the company has made, where employees can learn lifelong skills that they can use in their personal lives, and also apply to their profession.Misty Stenberg, Public Policy Liaison
I believe in what this company provides. Our mission, to provide employment to people who are blind, and to provide quality products and services to our customers, are what motivate me.
I’m proud of working with such great people.Vicky Hickok, Administrative Manager
Our mission statement is to employ people who are blind, but it’s so much more than that. We are giving people an opportunity, that they can not only work and have their independence, but they can also grow and equip themselves. This company will help people develop skills, even if they want to move on to other employment.
When losing my vision, I felt that my options were being narrowed, but MWEB was a new beginning.William Drain, Business Development Coordinator